Yield potential and resource use efficiency in intercropping

Intensive agriculture is an effective pathway to meet the increasing demand for food, feed and fuel in our limited arable land. Intercropping has been proved having higher productivity, better agriculture ecosystem services than monoculture at field level. Two years of wheat maize intercropping field trials have been conducted in Wageningen, the Netherlands.


The characteristics of plant development and growth, yield and its components, radiation use efficiency, maize photosynthesis rate during flowering period, nitrogen uptake and use efficiency in different planting configurations are going to be analysed. An intercropping model will be parameterized to explore the yield potential for varying planting configurations and growing conditions.

Types of research

  • Laboratory work in Unifarm
  • Experimental data analysis
  • Crop modelling